Course

Diploma in Social Science (Policing)/Bachelor of Policing

Approved Abbreviation: DipSocSc(Pol)/BPol


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6044.1

AQF Level: 7

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2020 or later.

This course equips graduates with an introduction to policing as a distinct area of academic study, and provides the foundation for students wishing to join policing or criminal justice organisations. Students study social science and criminology units, and a range of specialist policing units to equip graduates with a broad understanding of the role of police in society. The curriculum recognises the complexities and challenges of contemporary policing and explores the application of policing practice to a changing Australian society.

NB: Students seeking a policing career will be required to satisfy the entrance requirements for these policing or criminal justice organisations. Completion of this degree does not guarantee entry into these competitive positions.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Social Science (Policing) exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For course advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Course Advice’. For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Policing.

Bachelor of Policing

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
College Course EnquiriesAdminApp@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Liverpool CampusFull TimeInternalKen Wooden
Liverpool CampusPart TimeInternalKen Wooden
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternalErin Kruger
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternalErin Kruger
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have:

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, OR
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) OR
  • Passed The College English test with 70% or higher OR
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Met other entry requirements such as:

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, OR
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

This course is not available to International students.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students enrolled in 101969 Policing Leaders Internship (by selection only; 20 student max.) are required to receive a clear National Police Check before placement with NSW Police Force or the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM). Students placed with the AIPM will also need to undergo a drug test before commencement.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is an optional work component available in this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 250 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

The early exit College Diploma consists of 90 credit points which includes one College Preparatory unit.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Nirimba and Bankstown Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Full-time

Year 1

First Term of Study

700056Academic English (WSTC Prep)
700300Introduction to Criminal Justice (WSTC)
700051The Individual in Society (WSTC)

Second Term of Study

700139Working with Communities (WSTC)
700301Mental Health in the Community (WSTC)
700049Understanding Society (WSTC)

Third Term of Study

700159People, Place and Social Difference (WSTC)
700237Policing Practices (WSTC)
700156Crime, Deviance and Society (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Social Science (Policing) following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress onto Year 2 may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year 2 units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year 1 before progressing to the Year 2 units.

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Policing.

Bachelor of Policing

Liverpool and Penrith Campus

Start Year Intake

Year 2

Autumn session

102816Investigating and Communicating Social Problems
102699Youth Justice and Practice
101568Legislation, Courts and Policing
102690Criminal Law for Policing

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
102691Evidence and Investigation
102708Crime Prevention and Drugs

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

102169Governance in Policing
101552Applied Social Research
101561Gender, Crime and Violence

Choose one of

One elective

Or

101969Policing Leaders Internship

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
102713Creating Criminal Justice Solutions

And two electives

Mid Year Intake

Year 2

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
102691Evidence and Investigation
102708Crime Prevention and Drugs

And one elective

Autumn session

102816Investigating and Communicating Social Problems
102699Youth Justice and Practice
101568Legislation, Courts and Policing
102690Criminal Law for Policing

Year 3

Spring session

102203Contemporary Social Issues and Professional Practice
102713Creating Criminal Justice Solutions

And two electives

Autumn session

102169Governance in Policing
101552Applied Social Research
101561Gender, Crime and Violence

Choose one of

One elective

Or

101969Policing Leaders Internship

Equivalent Core Units

The core unit listed below counts towards completion of this course for students who passed this unit in 2020 or earlier.

400337 - Social Research Methods

Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)



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